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Is Freelance Writing a Sure Thing? Scam Alert

Scam Alert: Is freelance writing a sure thing? Makealivingwriting.comDo you think freelance writing is a sure thing?

If so, there’s a newly minted online writing ‘expert’ who’d love to take your money.

You may have heard that if something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.

Well, if someone tells you that freelance writing is an activity even a “broke, jobless dummy” can for-sure earn a middle-class income with, because “anyone can write” and “earn a safe, secure income” from home (all quotes from this pitchster’s website)…please be wary.

Here’s what I recently learned about the wild promises being made to online writers about the easy riches that supposedly await them…

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Oh, Snap! 18 Websites That Pay Writers for LGBTQ Content

18 Paying Sites that Want LGBTQ Content.

“It’s a real hustle, you sure you want to quit your job at Harvard?”

That’s the response I usually got from family and friends when I talked about leaving my day job to become a full-time freelancer. So I put it off.

But after thee years as a smoking cessation counselor and researcher at Harvard Medical Center, I knew I needed to leave academia. The work was boring. The people were toxic. The egos were huge. And it never seemed like any of my patients ever quit smoking.

Ever wonder if you can make it as a full-time freelancer, find your niche, and get paid to write?

I did. So I started freelancing on the side. Within a year I took the leap and quit my day job. I’ve been freelancing full time for seven months, and I can’t imagine going back to a J-O-B.

Trying to find your niche? Some writers seem to have that dialed in from day one. It took me a little longer to figure out where to find good-paying clients. But what I’ve been able to accomplish as an LGBTQ writer in a short amount of time is proof that you can be a successful freelance writer in just about any niche.

Here’s the basics about how I found my niche, along with 18 websites that pay writers $50 or more per article for LGBTQ content.

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Here’s Why You Have Crummy Freelance Clients

Why you have crummy freelance clients. Makealivingwriting.comHang around the water cooler with writers, and you’ll hear a lot of gripes about their freelance clients.

Since we have a “Water Cooler” forum in Freelance Writers Den, I get to do that a lot.

The stories are colorful:

“Get a load of this guy’s laundry list of requests for my content — which he wants done for a pittance!”

“Can you believe how little this website offered me?”

Yes. Yes, I can.

The world is full of business owners looking to see what they can get for nothing. The problem is, many writers suffer from low self-esteem — and are only too happy to oblige.

Writers like to blame their clients for their low pay or dull assignments. They love to skewer clients’ annoying personalities.

What writers don’t seem to love so much is doing the work to get better clients. Because mostly, it’s work you have to do on yourself.

Do you see a pattern?

Now, anyone can get one bum client. If you freelance for very long, it’ll happen. We all make mistakes.

But if you find it’s happening over and over again, then you’ve got a problem. It’s time to look at your attitudes towards your freelance writing career, and make some changes.

What do I mean by changing yourself to get better clients? Here are a few big reasons why writers end up with crummy freelance clients, time and time again.

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Want to Make Money Blogging? Avoid My Biggest Mistake

Avoid this mistake to make money blogging. Makealivingwriting.comLately, I’ve been reviewing the many mistakes I made as I learned to make money blogging.

It’s humbling! I started in 2008, and it took until the end of 2011 to get any real traction, in terms of earning.

Not exactly an overnight success.

Prepping my new e-book, Small Blog, Big Income: Advanced Ninja Tricks for Profitable Blogging, required me to revisit exactly why it took years to go from earning a few hundred bucks on the occasional one-off Webinar, to earning multi-six-figures a year with my blog.

This was not a pleasant process.

I had to boil it down to the best initiatives I finally came up with that help bloggers ramp up earnings quickly…while reliving how much time I wasted fumbling around making mistakes before figuring things out.

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Yes, Shy Writers CAN Do In-Person Marketing

Shy Writers CAN do Marketing.

Are you an introvert? A lot of writers are. And I’m one of those shy writers.

You might think it’s a weakness that you’re not the super-social, outspoken type. Or that being an introvert leaves you nothing but low-paying crumbs to collect from mediocre clients. But that’s just not true.

I’m as guilty as the next introverted writer of postponing marketing at all costs to avoid social interaction. But a recent networking event made me realize that it’s time for introverts everywhere to rise up.

You can put your shy nature to work for you to make more contacts and land better clients. Seriously, you can do this.

If you’re an introvert like me, or you just want to get better at marketing, you can. When I learned how to handle marketing as an introvert, my business started to change.

I’ve had an influx of people interested in my services. I’ve been able to branch out to new markets. And I’ve been getting more inbound leads.

Shy writers: Here are four ways to get over your fears, stress less, and land more lucrative projects.

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Got a Book Idea? These 4 Steps Reveal if it Will Sell

Will my book sell? Makealivingwriting.comHi writers — I’m excited to bring you this guest post from someone brilliant I connected with recently, Dave Chesson. He’s an expert in creating e-books that do well on Amazon. I’ve had a chance to play with his new research tool, KDP Rocket — a powerhouse timesaver that I recommend (and yes, affiliate sell). Check out his tips!–Carol

Do you have a book idea, but aren’t sure whether or not it would succeed in today’s market?

Undecided whether or not that book would be worth all your time and money?

You’re not alone.  Many authors ask this very question.  With Amazon becoming more crowded, some believe that you have to be famous or have a following before succeeding in self-publishing.

But this isn’t true.

No longer do you have to blindly guess at whether or not a book will do well on Amazon.  It turns out, there are vital numbers, analytics, and even some tools that will help any author figure these things out before they decide to write a book.

I like to call this process “Book Idea Validation.”

Book idea validation, a/k/a book market research, doesn’t guarantee sales and success – I’m not talking about a silver bullet. However, it does give you a better understanding of the book market before you dive in.

If you’d like to know more about your potential book market, and give your book a better chance to succeed, then read on.

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